A finding indicating decreased oxygen levels in the blood

Symptoms of Hypoxemia

The following features are indicative of Hypoxemia:
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • confusion
  • restlessness
  • increased rate of breathing

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Common Causes of Hypoxemia

The following are the most common causes of Hypoxemia:
  • anemia
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • asthma
  • interstitial lung disease
  • pneumonia
  • pulmonary edema

Other Causes of Hypoxemia

The following are the less common causes of Hypoxemia:
  • emphysema

Risk Factors for Hypoxemia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hypoxemia:
  • congenital heart disease in adults
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pneumothorax
  • pulmonary fibrosis

Prevention of Hypoxemia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypoxemia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoiding circumstances that reduce oxygen concentration
  • providing oxygen before symptoms develop

Occurrence of Hypoxemia

Common Age Group

Hypoxemia can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hypoxemia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypoxemia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypoxemia:
  • Oxygen monitor or pulse oximeter test: To measure oxygen saturation of blood sample

Complications of Hypoxemia if untreated

Yes, Hypoxemia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hypoxemia is left untreated:
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • emphysema
  • bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)

Procedures for Treatment of Hypoxemia

The following procedures are used to treat Hypoxemia:
  • Oxygen therapy: To increase oxygen intake by providing extra oxygen

Self-care for Hypoxemia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hypoxemia:
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid passive smoke: Secondhand smoke can cause further lung damage
  • Get regular exercise: Regular exercise can improve overall strength and endurance

Patient Support for Treatment of Hypoxemia

The following actions may help Hypoxemia patients:
  • Join online support groups: Interact with people who are facing the problems related to hypoxemia
  • Family support: Provides support and education to patient

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hypoxemia.

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